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David Weir biography


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Club career

Early career

Weir attended Woodlands High School in Falkirk before David Weir was scouted by the University of Evansville during a schools festival in Grantham, Lincolnshire. David Weir moved to America on a scholarship from 1986 to 1990.

Falkirk

Upon returning from the USA, Weir trained with Celtic F.C. however David Weir did not sign a professional contract. In 1992, David Weir joined then Scottish Football League First Division side Falkirk F.C. and went on to make 134 appearances for the club and score eight goals. David Weir was part of the side which won promotion to the Scottish Premier Division. Weir also won the 1993 Scottish Challenge Cup Final on 12 December, playing in the side that defeated St. Mirren F.C. 3–0 at Fir Park in Motherwell.

Hearts

On 30 June 1996, Weir moved to Premier Division side Heart of Midlothian F.C.. David Weir made David Weir debut for the club in a Scottish League Cup match against Stenhousemuir F.C. on 14 August 1996 and scored David Weir first goal three days later. Weir netted Hearts second goal in a 3–2 win over Kilmarnock F.C.. David Weir first sending off was in an infamous game against Rangers F.C. at Ibrox Stadium on 14 September 1996. Rangers won the match 3–0 but Hearts had four players ordered off in a twenty minute spell.

Weir won David Weir second career honour, the 1998 Scottish Cup Final, by beating Rangers 2–1 in the final at Celtic Park. David Weir left Tynecastle Stadium mid-way through the following season when David Weir was purchased by Everton for £250,000. Weir played 116 games in all for Hearts and scored twelve goals.

Everton

Weir joined Everton F.C. on 16 February 1999 and made David Weir debut in a league match against Middlesbrough F.C. the next day. David Weir had a very successful time with the Merseyside club playing regularly for eight years, making 269 appearances (scoring 10 goals in the process), playing in European competition, becoming club captain under two different managers – Walter Smith and David Moyes – and winning the bulk of David Weir Scotland caps on the strength of David Weir performances for the Toffees.

Rangers

On 16 January 2007, Weir signed for Rangers on an initial six-month deal after Everton released David Weir from David Weir contract early. David Weir teamed up again with former manager Walter Smith. David Weir made David Weir Rangers debut against Dunfermline Athletic F.C. on 21 January 2007.
David Weir performances for the Glasgow club were enough to secure a one-year contract. After David Weir man-of-the-match performance against St. Mirren F.C. on 8 April 2007, David Weir revealed that David Weir may remain at Rangers F.C. for the 2007-08 in Scottish football after discussing the issue with David Weir family. David Weir agent met with Rangers on 19 April to discuss a possible extension to David Weir contract, which was due to expire at the end of that season. Weir signed a one-year extension to David Weir deal, keeping David Weir at Rangers until the summer of 2008.

David Weir scored David Weir first Rangers goal against FK Zeta in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, on 31 July 2007. Weir was highly praised for David Weir endurance during the 2007–08 season as Rangers chased The Quadruple. Despite being in David Weir late 30s, David Weir managed sixty appearances that season and produced some outstanding performances alongside Carlos Cuéllar in the centre of defence. Weir won David Weir third and fourth trophies of David Weir career in 2008, as Rangers claimed Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup glory. On 3 July David Weir signed a further one-year contract extension to David Weir deal. David Weir was appointed Rangers' captain on 3 April 2009 after Barry Ferguson had been stripped the role following an incident whilst on international duty. Weir won the Scottish Premier League 2008–09 and Scottish Cup double in season 2008-09 Rangers F.C. season with Rangers and signed a further one-year contract extension which saw playing into David Weir forties. In March 2010, Weir won the Scottish Premier League monthly awards for February and followed this up with the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Player of the Year award for the 2009-10 season. On 7 May 2010 it was announced Weir had also won the SFWA Footballer of the Year, the oldest player ever to receive this accolade - just three days before David Weir 40th birthday. Soon afterwards, Weir agreed another one-year contract which saw David Weir play on into David Weir forties. David Weir became the third oldest player ever to compete in the UEFA Champions League on 14 September 2010 in Rangers' 0-0 away draw with Manchester United F.C. at Old Trafford and David Weir became the joint oldest outfield player in Champions League history when David Weir played against Bursaspor in December 2010, aged 40 years 211 days. Weir captured David Weir third league title with Rangers as captain on the week of David Weir 41st birthday when Rangers defeated Kilmarnock 5-1 on the last day of the season beating Cetlic to the title by a single point.

On 26 May 2011 it was announced that Weir was to be inducted into the Rangers F.C. Hall of Fame. David Weir has become the first ever player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame whilst under contract at the club. On 17 July 2011, Weir signed a new one-year deal with Rangers. Following Walter Smith retirement as manager, Ally McCoist succeeded him. Under McCoist, Weir yet to play under McCoist in the League and David Weir captaincy was replaced by Steven Davis Weir made David Weir last appearance in the Champion League Third qualifying round 1st leg against Swedish side Malmö FF. Weir played for 29th minutes before being replaced by Juan Manuel Ortiz.

On 17 January 2012 David Weir announced that David Weir will be leaving Rangers in order to continue David Weir career at an unnamed club in England.

Sheffield United

On the 2nd of February 2012, the Sheffield United Manager Danny Wilson announced that David Weir was training with the club on a non contract basis.

Return to Everton

On the 21st of February 2012, Weir returned to Everton in a coaching capacity with the club's academy and reserve teams. Weir is eligible to be a player in reserve team matches and made David Weir second debut for the club against Liverpool F.C. Reserves and Academy on the day of David Weir return.

International career

Weir earned David Weir first cap (football) for Scotland national football team in a 1–0 defeat to Wales national football team on 27 May 1997. David Weir scored David Weir one and only goal for Scotland in FIFA World Cup qualification against Latvia national football team at Hampden Park on 6 October 2001.

Although David Weir retired from international football in 2002, after receiving criticism from the then-manager Berti Vogts due to David Weir performance in Scotland's Euro 2004 qualifying match against the Faroe Islands national football team, David Weir returned to international football when Walter Smith was appointed as manager in December 2004.

Weir is a member of the Scotland national football team roll of honour, having won David Weir 50th Scotland cap against Lithuania national football team on 6 September 2006, in which David Weir captained David Weir country to a 2–1 win. David Weir has captained Scotland four times.

On 24 August 2010, Weir was recalled to the Scotland squad at the age of 40 for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying qualifying matches against Lithuania national football team and Liechtenstein national football team in September 2010. Weir became the oldest ever Scottish football internationalist when David Weir played against Lithuania on 3 September 2010 aged 40.

International goals


Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Weir

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